Some time ago we have reported already, that Microsoft is currently working together with Xiaomi in order to bring Windows 10 Mobile to the Mi 4. If you buy the device you are getting the Android operating system shipped with it, however as it seems the corporation between these two companies was successful so that they can now offer you to download and install a Windows 10 Mobile ROM on your Xiaomi Mi 4 phone if you own one.
This could be a huge step for the development of Windows 10 Mobile, and not only on Microsofts operating system but also on the whole smartphone market. If it is possible to install an operating system on a smartphone which the device has not been shipped with it could change the entire market and move it a bit more in the direction of the PC market. There most of the devices are shipped with Windows, tough at some manufacturers you can choose .to buy a PC without an pre-installed operating system so that you can install Linux on it and don’t have to pay for the Windows license which you are not using anyway.
So imagine if you could buy a phone without an operating system installed and you’d be able to decide by yourself if you want to install a Linux based operating system, Windows 10 Mobile or iOS. This would also bring a new chance for Microsoft since users then would be able to easily switch between various operating system and people would be able to try their chosen system and then decide after they have tried the OS for a while.
My guess would be that if some power users would have the chance to switch between operating system they would stick with Windows Mobile in the end, not because of the design or anything but just because if you use Microsofts operating system for 1 year, 2 years or 3 years it is the same fluent and great experience like on day one, while Android has the problem of getting slower from time to time and destroying the user experience.
Below you can have a look at a video where Joe Belfiore is showing of the Xiaomi Mi 4 with Windows 10 Mobile installed. The official Windows 10 Mobile ROM for this device can be downloaded from the Xiaom MIUI forums
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your opinion on this story. If you own a Xiaomi Mi 4 let me know if you will be downloading this Windows 10 Mobile ROM for your device or not. Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news on the future.